Happy Monday, everyone!
How was your weekend? We had a fun, restorative, and somewhat productive few days–just what I needed to get ready to head back to work! After spending most of Friday morning running some last minute errands and working on refinishing my sewing table (details soon, hopefully!), we headed downtown to dinner at Boudreauxs with friends. And then Saturday kicked off my longest training run yet–10 miles! I’m not gonna lie, it was tough, but hopefully that just means my body is building more muscle for the next long run. But at least I was able to reward myself with a little wine tasting and bread/hummus/cheese eating at Beliveau Winery afterwards!
This summer has been absolutely fabulous, but ready or not, I head back to reality today. I’m excited to get back into a routine and start eating healthier after a summer of constant eating out. I know many of you are also sending little (or not so little) ones back to school this week, so in honor of that event, I put together a round-up of a few perfect recipes to either send to school or just easy, healthier recipes to get you through the inevitably hectic time.
1. Feta, Tomato, & Green Onion Muffins. These muffins are a great morning time saver. They do have some butter in them, but overall, are a great alternative to sugary cereals. Make a batch over the weekend, store in an airtight container in the fridge, and your breakfast will be ready to go all week!
2. Honey, PB, & Strawberry Banana Smoothie. I also streamline my mornings by pre-making smoothies at night and storing them in Weck jars to grab and go in the morning. I love this recipe because of the added peanut butter-y kick. Add a little granola, and it will keep you going all morning!
3. Grilled Eggplant Salad. This is what I’m eating today! Either use up your leftover veggies or grill up some eggplant while you make dinner for an easy to assemble at work lunch.
4. Grilled Veggie Paninis. These paninis are also easy to make using leftovers or while simultaneously making dinner. We often overlook veggies at lunch in favor of carbs + protein + fruit, so these paninis are a great way to get your daily value in.
5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries. Jeff is obsessed with sweet potato fries, and these are so easy to make–they only take about 5 minutes of prep and 35 minutes in the oven! I also love that they satisfy that crunchy, salty craving while still giving you needed nutrients.
6. Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing. I often make extra salad to pack away and take to work, but don’t want to take the time to make salad dressing. So instead, I love making a mason jar full of my favorite dressing over the weekend and leave it in the fridge at work for an extra creamy (but still healthy!) indulgence.
Here’s to a great week!